Young vegetable grower of the year Austin Singh Purewal.

Age hasn't been a barrier for young vegetable grower of the year Austin Singh Purewal.

Sheep and beef doing its bit

No increase in stock numbers in the sheep and beef sector is anticipated as the industry moves towards carbon neutrality, says Beef + Lamb NZ head of nutrition Fiona Windle.

 
Newly-elected councillor Ian Mackenzie.

Regional councils won’t be anything more than “unpopular policemen” if the discussion document on freshwater goes the way the Government is proposing, says a newly elected Canterbury regional councillor.

 
The number of farms under active surveillance for M. bovis has fallen.

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is welcoming a huge drop in the number of farms under active surveillance for Mycoplasma bovis.

Not happy: Waikato-based Fonterra farmers Trevor Simpson, Jim Cotman, and Mark Peters are asking shareholders to back two resolutions at next month’s annual meeting calling for an independent review of the Shareholders Council.

More Fonterra farmers are joining the call for an independent review of the co-op’s shareholders council.

Each scholarship is worth up to $15,000 over three years and includes mentoring opportunities, exposure to and support from the wider industry. 

A scholarship for up to five students each year, studying Massey University’s Bachelor of Horticultural Science degree has been launched by kiwifruit exporter Zezpri.

New Zealand is on high alert for brown marmorated stink bug.

Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor is warning travelling Kiwis to be vigilant as the high-season for the crop-eating brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is under way.

Damien O'Connor.

Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor, heads to Thailand today to attend the final Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Ministerial meeting, as negotiations enter their final stages.

It's a change of scenery, customer and supply chain for Skellerup’s incoming agri division head, Hayley Gourley.

Farmer confidence has plummeted in the last quarter, with Government policy cited as the chief reason, says Rabobank.

The US-JAPAN trade deal might impact on New Zealand beef, cheese and other exports to Japan and is almost certainly in breach of World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules, says a trade expert.

It was hard for Suzanne Giesen when her husband John died. She was just 32, had five children aged from 1 to 11 and had a farm to run. More than 50 years later she is still living and working on the farm.

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